FOUR Sussex beaches have been ranked among the best in the country by the Sunday Times.
Pagham, Tide Mills, Birling Gap and Camber Sands have all been included in the newspaper’s top 50 list of the best seaside resorts in Britain.
Camber Sands has been praised for its ‘Saharan Scale’ and for being one of the county’s sandiest beaches.
Writer Chris Haslam said: “If, like me, you misjudge the tides and spend a day wading through shingle on the Sussex coast, you might be wondering where all the sand is. Well it’s at Camber; all piled up in dunes, sewn together with beach grass and decorated with bee orchids”.
Visitors were encouraged to look out for the wooden remains of a shipwreck believed to be the Avon, which sank in 1852.
The newspaper said that visiting Birling Gap at high tide might have people wondering why they bother, “at low tide the magic is revealed: flat sand, a chalk reef, rock pools and, if you look back, the Seven Dials Cliffs — Colegate-white as Simon Cowell’s teeth on the left and the awful drop from Beachy Head on the right”.
‘Consistently one of the sunniest spots in the country’, Pagham, two miles from Bognor, has been described as having ‘an edge-of-the-world feel, particularly at the lonely west end where the tides sweep the shingle in rippling whirlpools’. Visitors to the beach were encouraged to pop into St Wilfrid’s Church for a peek inside the stained glass windows depicting native wildlife and to take a parasol with you on your trip to the beach.
The ‘secret beach’ at Tide Mills, a lost village about half an hour’s drive from Brighton, is said to offer a ‘spectacular’ view of the English Channel while showing some of the remains of the houses several families once called home.
However, all four resorts lost to regional winner Dymchurch in Kent and Sandhaven in South Shields, which won Beach of the Year.
Thousands of people have flocked to the Sussex coast in recent days as temperatures have risen and warm weather is expected to last for most of this week.
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